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Lanterman House History Center and Archives

The Lanterman House History Center and Archives makes available documents and photographs pertaining to the development of La Canada and Flintridge, beginning with their independent identities as a part of unincorporated Los Angeles County, through their merger and transition to cityhood in 1976, and continuing into the present. Another large part of the collection pertains to the Lanterman family, the founders of La Canada Flintridge, including the two careers of Frank D. Lanterman, first as a theater organist and later as a renowned State Assemblyman. The History Center has also provided space to the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley for its archival collections.

In recent years, the Lanterman House has become the center for historical research on La Canada Flintridge and the greater Crescenta-Canada Valley. The bulk of the early collection was transferred from the La Canada Flintridge Historical Society after it disbanded in 1999. Since then, the Lanterman House has continued to grow the collection, adding to it such unique materials as the historical records of the La Canada Unified School District, the photographs of pioneer Charles Pate, the papers of local historian and author June Dougherty, and the bound volumes and photo morgue of the La Canada Valley Sun newspaper dating back to its beginning in 1946.

The History Center and Archives benefit from an ongoing oral history program. The DVDs that are a result of these interviews offer the personal viewpoints of knowledgeable city residents on the history of the community and its institutions. Among the individuals interviewed so far: former Superintendent of Schools Donald Ziehl, longtime residents Margaret Moses and Virginia Robertson, and Bob Covey who had a forty-year association with JPL.

The History Center and Archives also maintains a register of historically and architecturally significant buildings located in La Canada Flintridge.

The Lanterman family archives begins with the arrival in the La Canada Valley of Jacob and Amoretta Lanterman and their son Roy in the 1870s and ends in 1987 when Roy's son Lloyd Lanterman, the last surviving member of the family, died and left the family home to the City of La Canada Flintridge. Since the Lanterman family tended never to throw anything away, the amount of material is tremendous, ranging from Dr. Roy Lanterman's medical records and his wife Emily's recipes and club activities to their son's school work and adult interests in music and steam power. The family's real estate and development business was managed by the Lanterman Estate Company, the records of which offer special insight into the community's early development.

Of unique value is Frank Lanterman's sheet-music collection which he amassed during his career as a theater organist in the 1920s and 30s. Consisting of over 4,700 works, mostly popular songs and piano/organ transcriptions, the collection is in very good condition and offers historians a sweeping view of the development of American musical tastes in the early 20th century. Also worth noting is the collection of song-lyric glass slides that were once projected on theater screens for audience sing-alongs.

Frank's tenure as State assemblyman from 1951 to 1978 is documented in another special collection. He authored a number of important bills regarding water rights and reforms in the treatment of the developmentally disabled. These records complement other Lanterman collections found at USC and the California State Archives.

 

Contact Information:

 

Lanterman House History Center and Archives

4420 Encinas Drive La Cañada

Flintridge, CA 91011-3313

United States

Telephone: (818) 790-1421

Email: lantermanhouse@gmail.com


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Description : Peter Breckheimer recounts his time at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to former Lanterman Archivist Tim Gregory. Call Number : LOH-20171219 Source : 1 File of 1: mp4 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Lanterman House History Center and Archives. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms...
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Description : Tim Gregory, the first Lanterman House Archivist, discusses the value of local history and archives with his successor, Julie Yamashita. Call Number : LOH-20180213 Source : 1 File of 1: mp4 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Lanterman House History Center and Archives. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials...
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Description : The first director of the Lanterman House, Melissa Patton, discusses the restoration and development of the museum with the first Lanterman Archivist, Tim Gregory. Call Number : LOH-20170927 Source : 2 Files of 2: mp4 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Lanterman House History Center and Archives. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the...
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